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All this week, we’ve been sharing the truly inspirational stories of our SHINE finalists, eBay sellers of all persuasions making their e-commerce dreams come true on eBay. (Be sure to read about the other categories here and here).
Today, we’re spotlighting the Charitable category: sellers who are paying it forward with amazing stories of giving for good through our eBay for Charity program. Get a tissue ready because you are about to read some remarkable examples of mankind’s universal spirit of goodwill.
Gabe Middleton | Human-I-T
While most of us have access to technology and an internet connection, a good portion of the population can’t afford those luxuries. Looking to level the playing field, Human-I-T provides free technology, digital literacy training, and internet connections to 3,200 low-income individuals in Southern California and throughout the U.S. The business started as a nonprofit - with a staff of two in an office the size of a storage closet--taking unwanted or inoperative technology, repurposing the devices, and redistributing them back to low-income individuals at no cost. Today, with the help of eBay, two 25-year-olds have grown the business into a national organization with three locations and a staff of 25 in just five years. And, thanks to Gabe and this team, a whole lot more folks can now get online to work, play and learn.
Dana Bryant | Crossing the Jordan Foundation, Inc.
Crossing the Jordan is a residential program for women and children who seek to transform their lives by breaking the cycle of victimhood and building new life skills for independence and autonomy. Their online store specializes in higher-end clothing, shoes and handbags. The organization’s program is innovative and immersive: an 18-month residential Life Transformation Program serving women and mothers with children who are addicted, homeless, battered, or are victims of human trafficking. Quite simply, they rebuild lives from the ground up and impact the trajectory of generations, taking residents from victims to productive, proud women. The organization provides housing, employment, workshops and health services to women and families in need. They pride themselves as “Not a rehab, Not a shelter”, with the ultimate goal of securing permanent housing and career placement for each resident. As a gift, each graduate is provided a vehicle upon graduation.
Nancy Meyer | Community Forklift
Nancy says, “Community Forklift is an amazing combination of environmental, economic, social and preservation activities.” Who could argue with all those amazing causes? This nonprofit is a reuse center for home improvement supplies, built on a whole lot of community spirit and charity. Community Forklift picks up donations of unwanted and salvaged building materials throughout the metro DC region, resells it to the public at low cost, and provides vintage materials for restoring old homes. Then, their business literally builds the community through two innovative programs: The Home Essentials program provides home goods, from appliances to furniture, to families in need and the Community Building Blocks program provides mini-grants for projects that serve the greater community.
With every finalist in the Charitable category doing such important, impactful work, it’s hard to pick a favorite. Be sure to read their full stories by going to ebay.com/shineawards – and don’t forget to vote for the ones that inspired you most in each category once per day through July 14.
The Grand Prize Winner winner will be announced July 27, live from eBay Open 2017. Be sure to follow eBay for Business on Facebook or Twitter for updates.
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